As part of the spring 2020 Fund for Irish Studies series, Associate professor of sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Laurence Cox lectures on “Irish Hobo, Buddhist Monk, Anti-colonial Celebrity: The Strange Story of U Dhammaloka/Laurence Carroll.” The lecture is based in his forthcoming (March 2020) book, The Irish Buddhist: the Forgotten Monk who Faced Down the British Empire, with Alicia Turner and Brian Bocking.



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Photo by Wendy Cox

LAURENCE COX is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and associate researcher at the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales, Paris. He has also been a busker, hitch-hiker, social activist, and Buddhist meditation teacher. Cox is well-known for his work on early western Buddhists in Asia and as one of Europe’s leading specialists on social movements. As a scholar, he has been an invited speaker from Kyoto University to Féile an Earraigh in west Belfast and from the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk to the University of Heidelberg. In the spirit of Dhammaloka, he also trains activists in the Catalan Pyrenees and runs hot tubs on Dartmoor for meditation retreats.

He is co-author of The Irish Buddhist: the Forgotten Monk who Faced Down the British Empire (Oxford University Press) and several other books, including Buddhism and Ireland and Why Social Movements Matter. With Burma specialist Alicia Turner (York University, Toronto) and Japanologist Brian Bocking (University College Cork) he has spent much of the past ten years uncovering the history of U Dhammaloka.

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